History of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • The mosaic in the Chicago Lying-In Building

    The Chicago Lying-In Hospital building that was built after its affiliation with the University of Chicago opened in 1931 and represented the best care in American obstetrics.

In the early years of the 20th century, the pioneering obstetrician, Joseph Bolivar DeLee, established the Chicago Lying-In Hospital. This was an innovative facility that adopted strict hygienic practices and trained practitioners in the best surgical techniques. As a result, the Chicago Lying-In Hospital achieved levels of maternal and infant mortality that were far below those considered acceptable at the time.

In the late 1920s, Dr. DeLee and the Hospital’s Board of Directors affiliated with the University of Chicago, in order to benefit from the University’s strong commitment to medical education and research. In 1938 the Chicago Lying-In Hospital merged with the University of Chicago Clinics, and Dr. DeLee became the first Chairman of the new Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Since that time our Department has continued to lead in education, research, and innovative and compassionate patient care in Obstetrics and Gynecology.